First Year Seminar List

A complete list of First Year Seminars are shown below. Please follow these four tips when selecting seminars of interest:
  1. The title doesn’t tell the whole story. Click on the seminar title for a full seminar description.
  2. Keep an open mind. None of these seminars require prior knowledge of the subject, and they are not gateway courses to particular majors or minors. This is a great opportunity to try something new!
  3. Pay close attention to unique course requirements, such as unusual meeting times and special requirements.
  4. Choose 10 seminars. Please note that we are not asking you to rank your choices; simply choose the ten seminars that intrigue you the most. When you are ready to make your selections, go here.

Johnston Center First Year Seminar

If you have been accepted into the Johnston Center for Integrative Studies, please indicate this designated Johnston seminar as your only choice.

  • Meeting Time:
  • Monday 6:00-9:00 PM
  • Fee:
  • N/A
  • Special Required Features:
  • N/A
  • Instructors:
  • Dr. Kelly Hankin

Section Seminar Title Meeting Time Fee
FS01 JOHNSTON First-Year Seminar Monday 6:00-9:00 PM N/A

Music Majors & Minors First Year Seminar

If you have been accepted into the School of Music, please indicate this designated Music seminar as your only choice.

  • Meeting Time:
  • Tues/Thurs 9:30-10:50
  • Fee:
  • n/a
  • Special Required Features:
  • n/a
  • Instructors:
  • Dr. Anthony Suter & Dr. Nicholle Andrews

Section Seminar Title Meeting Time Fee
FS02 MUSIC MAJORS First-Year Seminar Tues/Thurs 9:30-10:50 n/a

Fall 2020 First Year Seminars

The following seminars are open to all incoming students in the College of Arts & Sciences.

  • Meeting Time:
  • Tues/Thurs 11:00-12:20
  • Fee:
  • n/a
  • Special Required Features:
  • n/a
  • Instructors:
  • Dr. Matthew Raffety

  • Meeting Time:
  • Mon/Wed 2:30-3:50
  • Fee:
  • n/a
  • Special Required Features:
  • n/a
  • Instructors:
  • Dr. Kimberly Coles

  • Meeting Time:
  • Tues/Thurs 11:00-12:20
  • Fee:
  • n/a
  • Special Required Features:
  • Required- 3-6 off campus trips and 3 weekend excursions. Either a smart phone, a simple digital camera or a DSLR is required.
  • Instructors:
  • Professor Tommi Cahill

  • Meeting Time:
  • Tues/Thurs 11:00-12:20
  • Fee:
  • n/a
  • Special Required Features:
  • n/a
  • Instructors:
  • Professor Walter Hutchens

  • Meeting Time:
  • Tues/Thurs 11:00-12:20
  • Fee:
  • n/a
  • Special Required Features:
  • Come with an open mind and an open heart!
  • Instructors:
  • Dr. Kathie Jenni

  • Meeting Time:
  • Mon/Weds 9:30-10:50
  • Fee:
  • n/a
  • Special Required Features:
  • Some physical activity (hiking, camping), off campus trips, required participation in one overnight trip
  • Instructors:
  • Dr. Wendy McIntyre

  • Meeting Time:
  • Mon/Weds 11:00-12:20
  • Fee:
  • n/a
  • Special Required Features:
  • n/a
  • Instructors:
  • Dr. Greg Thorson

  • Meeting Time:
  • Tues/Thurs 11:00-12:20
  • Fee:
  • n/a
  • Special Required Features:
  • n/a
  • Instructors:
  • Dr. Steve Morics

  • Meeting Time:
  • Mon/Weds 8:00-9:20 and Friday 8:00-10:50 (Lab)
  • Fee:
  • n/a
  • Special Required Features:
  • n/a
  • Instructors:
  • Dr. Eric Hill

  • Meeting Time:
  • Mon/Weds 1:00-2:20
  • Fee:
  • n/a
  • Special Required Features:
  • We will attend a matinee performance of a classical play at the Getty Villa, probably in late September.
  • Instructors:
  • Dr. Nancy Carrick

  • Meeting Time:
  • Tues/Thurs 1:00-2:20
  • Fee:
  • n/a
  • Special Required Features:
  • Required participation in a field trip to the Huntington Library Chinese and Japanese Gardens.
  • Instructors:
  • Dr. Hongwei Lu

  • Meeting Time:
  • Tues/Thurs 11:00-12:20
  • Fee:
  • n/a
  • Special Required Features:
  • One or more optional field trips may be offered.
  • Instructors:
  • Dr. Steven Moore

  • Meeting Time:
  • Tues/Thurs 11:00-12:20
  • Fee:
  • n/a
  • Special Required Features:
  • n/a
  • Instructors:
  • Dr. Rick Cornez

  • Meeting Time:
  • Mon/Weds 2:30-3:50
  • Fee:
  • n/a
  • Special Required Features:
  • n/a
  • Instructors:
  • Dr. Heather King

  • Meeting Time:
  • Tues/Thurs 1:00-2:20
  • Fee:
  • n/a
  • Special Required Features:
  • Off-campus site visits.
  • Instructors:
  • Dr. Lillian Larsen

  • Meeting Time:
  • Tues/Thurs 11:00-12:20
  • Fee:
  • n/a
  • Special Required Features:
  • During the semester, we will have the opportunity to engage in certain experiential events and field trips.
  • Instructors:
  • Dr. Sharon Lang

  • Meeting Time:
  • Mon/Weds 9:30-10:50 AM
  • Fee:
  • n/a
  • Special Required Features:
  • n/a
  • Instructors:
  • Dr. Arthur Svenson

  • Meeting Time:
  • Tues/Thurs 11:30-12:50
  • Fee:
  • n/a
  • Special Required Features:
  • Reading and engaged discussion.
  • Instructors:
  • Dr. Dorene Isenberg

  • Meeting Time:
  • Mon/Wed 2:30-3:50
  • Fee:
  • n/a
  • Special Required Features:
  • Students in this FYS are given priority to participate in a one-week journey to the University’s Salzburg campus during May Term Break.
  • Instructors:
  • Dr. Joseph Magedanz

  • Meeting Time:
  • Tues/Thurs 11:00-12:20
  • Fee:
  • n/a
  • Special Required Features:
  • n/a
  • Instructors:
  • Dr. Eric McLaughlin

Section Seminar Title Meeting Time Fee
FS12 (Re)Presenting the Past: Preservationism to Podcasting Tues/Thurs 11:00-12:20 n/a
FS31 Leaving Home: Movement Around the World Mon/Wed 2:30-3:50 n/a
FS34 Collecting Stories Tues/Thurs 11:00-12:20 n/a
FS18 Contemporary Topics in China Tues/Thurs 11:00-12:20 n/a
FS11 We Animals: Intro to Human-Animal Studies Tues/Thurs 11:00-12:20 n/a
FS25 Sheroes, Heroes, and Villains of the Environment Mon/Weds 9:30-10:50 n/a
FS32 Politics and Policy in the 2020 Elections Mon/Weds 11:00-12:20 n/a
FS08 Mathematics, Presidential Elections, and Political Decisions Tues/Thurs 11:00-12:20 n/a
FS07 Physics of Music Mon/Weds 8:00-9:20 and Friday 8:00-10:50 (Lab) n/a
FS29 Justice & the Trojan War Mon/Weds 1:00-2:20 n/a
FS21 Nature in East Asian Cultures Tues/Thurs 1:00-2:20 n/a
FS35 Mapping Our World Through Multiple Lenses Tues/Thurs 11:00-12:20 n/a
FS06 The Mathematics of Juggling Tues/Thurs 11:00-12:20 n/a
FS30 Hamlet Through History Mon/Weds 2:30-3:50 n/a
FS16 Hidden Stories: Mapping Religion in the Inland Empire Tues/Thurs 1:00-2:20 n/a
FS19 Women in the Middle East Tues/Thurs 11:00-12:20 n/a
FS03 Taking the Constitution Seriously Mon/Weds 9:30-10:50 AM n/a
FS22 Inequality and its (Dis)Contents Tues/Thurs 11:30-12:50 n/a
FS36 Crossing Old Bridges, Building New Bridges Mon/Wed 2:30-3:50 n/a
FS10 The Games Political People Play Tues/Thurs 11:00-12:20 n/a

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